Danish double bass player Mathilde Qvist grew up in Kolding, Denmark, where she began her musical studies at the age of 7 on piano. Later, at the age of 15, she was introduced to the double bass and soon began lessons with the former principal bassist of Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Frank Christensen. One year after beginning playing the bass she was accepted to MGK Kolding where she studied for three years. During these years Mathilde won more prizes in national youth competitions. In 2016 she began her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, studying with Frank Christensen. In 2018 she continued her bachelor studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, studying with principal bassist for the Oslo Philharmonic, Dan Styffe, and principal bassist for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Marius Flatby. She played her bachelor recital in december 2021 achieving the highest grade. Mathilde is currently studying her master studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, studying with the principal bassist for The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Joel Gonzalez and professor Michal Stadnicki.
From august 2021 - august 2023 Mathilde is working in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DR Symfoniorkestret) as a tutti double bassist. She is also an active chamber musician and has performed at festivals in Tokyo, New York, Vienna, Milano and more european capitals. In 2020 Mathilde founded her own chamber music festival together with violinist Anne Skærbæk. The festival is called Kolding i Toner and takes place each summer in beautiful venues around her hometown, Kolding. In march 2024 Mathilde will perform as a soloist with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester.
Mathilde has during her studies received numerous scholarships such as Augustinus Fonden, Danish Arts Foundation, Den Ingwersenske Fond and latest Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl Nielsen's Talentpris 2022. She is currently sponsored by the norwegian foundation Dextra Musica playing on an instrument from their exclusive collection of string instruments. The instrument she is playing is build by italian maker Cristiano Scipioni.